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LINGUIST List 25.2436

Wed Jun 04 2014

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Sociolinguistics/Sweden

Editor for this issue: Anna White <awhitelinguistlist.org>

Date: 04-Jun-2014
From: Françoise Sullet Nylander <francoise.sullet-nylandersu.se>
Subject: Political Discourse in the Romance Speaking Countries: Linguistics and Social Science
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Full Title: Political Discourse in the Romance Speaking Countries: Linguistics and Social Science

Date: 09-Oct-2014 - 11-Oct-2014
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Françoise Sullet Nylander
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

Content of the Conference:

Political discourse is omnipresent in our societies since we have access to a never-ending stream of political messages through media, messages about how the outside world is governed or should be governed. Politics is basically about ideas, ideologies, visions, and arguments, conveyed by language, with which it is closely connected. It is difficult to study one aspect without taking the other into account. In other words, the different approaches (linguistics, discourse analysis, history, political and social sciences) are complementary to each other, as the starting point of analysis is different. Whereas linguistic and discourse analytical approaches have as starting point concrete textual elements and discourse practices (micro-level analyses), the political and social science approach often takes as its starting point society at a macro-structural level. Thus, while the latter gives a picture of general tendencies, the former highlights the practices of individual politicians and political parties.

The conference’s concept is to sum up, based on the assumption that knowledge and understanding of political discourse is best achieved through collaboration between the disciplines of linguistics and social sciences. Social, historical as well as linguistic perspectives will hopefully involve scholars from both the humanities and the social sciences.

Invited Plenary Speakers:

1) Patrick Charaudeau, Université Paris XIII (One of the internationally most recognized French researchers on discourse analysis. He has an important focus on media political discourse. His regional scope includes France and Latin America. His publications are on French, Spanish and Portuguese. Many of his works has been translated to Spanish and Portuguese)

2) Catalina Fuentes Rodríguez, Universidad de Sevilla. (One of the most important researchers on Pragmatics in Spain. She has done important research on argumentation in Andalusia’s parliamentary discourse; Spanish)

3) Catherine Kerbrat-Orecchioni, Université Lumière Lyon 2 (One of the internationally most recognized French researchers on Pragmatics with important research on political discourse and French election debates; French)

4) Maria Aldina Bessa Ferreira Rodrigues Marques, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal (One of the most important researchers on political discourse in Portugal; Portuguese)

5) Fredrik Uggla, Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Stockholm University. (Background in political and social sciences and an important research on election campaigns in different Latin American countries.)

Call for Papers:

The idea of the conference is to focus on political election debates in different Romance speaking countries. This target is justified by the fact that election debates are particularly important in the study of political discourses. As social phenomena, they are very important since they are public, they are large media phenomena, and they reflect the ideological polarization of our societies. As a linguistic activity, the political debates are interesting study objects, especially within rhetorical, argumentative and interactive studies. Many election debates have influenced different countries’ ideological choices, national identities, and they have also left their stamp on the languages.

The plenary lectures will thus deal with political debates broadly within discourse analysis perspective that is, from textual analysis of linguistic units in a social context to studies of debates – not as language activities, but as cultural, social and historical phenomena creating meaning in relation to the outside world. The common denominator, the closely related languages and cultures as well as common points in the discursive and rhetorical traditions of the Romance countries despite of the existing diversity, turns an interdisciplinary, comparative study into an especially interesting subject with a high relevance for larger questions concerning, for instance, the European and the Mercosur integration processes and the necessity to shape a public opinion and political discourse across the national borders.


We invite you to come up with a thematic panels or individual presentations. Please submit abstracts by email to n.nsu.se. Abstracts should include a title, your contact details (name, affiliation, mailing address, email) and description of your paper (300 words).

Important Dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: July 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance: August 23, 2014
Conference date: October 9–11, 2014

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